In the Irish domestic context the extension is ubiquitous yet largely unrecognised. Some 85% of all Irish Houses have an extension of some description and these appendages are usually constructed as a release valve from a frenetic environment caused by growing families. The extended Irish domestic dwelling is an architectural element that can be considered alongside the agricultural cluster as a building constellation that appears to grow organically. These buildings seem to defy formal planning or recognised architectural hierarchies. The project outline here aims to interpret these spatial relationships and address a divergent set of design criteria while still preserving an existing traditional element at the heart of the project. Located on the banks of a river estuary in north east Ireland, this project consists of two extensions to an existing traditional cottage. The existing cottage at the heart of this project is one room deep and three rooms long and has a linear and narrow form. This project seeks to preserve this familiar from, to maintain the architectural heritage and historical memory of what has existed on the site while addressing the tectonic requir4ements of providing more accommodation for the family.
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